Paul Kopetz : Associate Artist
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Paul Kopetz completed studies in clarinet/bass clarinet and composition at the University of Melbourne (Bachelor of Music), the Victorian College of the Arts (Postgraduate Diploma in Music Performance) and the Rotterdam Conservatorium, gaining his Uitvoerend Musicus with honours. Over the years he has worked as a freelance clarinettist, saxophonist, bass clarinettist, composer, arranger, conductor, educator, and music administrator.
As an instrumentalist his
engagements have included casual bass clarinet and clarinet with
the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Tasmanian Symphony
Orchestra, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Camerata of St
John's as well as recording sessions for radio and film such as
Babe, In a Savage Land, My Brother
Jack and Tempted. Kopetz has recorded for IMAX and
the Naxos label. He has worked in music theatre where he
considers playing the solo clarinet part in Topol's Fiddler
On The Roof as one of the highlights. A passionate chamber
musician, he is the founding member of Brisbane-based Artico
Ensemble whose mission is to perform great chamber music in
non-mainstream suburban venues.
Paul Kopetz has been active as a
composer since 2009. During this time his music has been awarded
various prizes in composition competitions all over the world.
His works and arrangements have been performed at festivals and
in concerts by acclaimed Australian and international artists in
countries including USA, Hong Kong, Japan, Netherlands,
Singapore, Italy, China, Ukraine and Poland. His output includes
music for chamber ensembles of various sizes and instrumentation,
strings, choirs, concert band and voice. One reviewer has
described Paul's music as 'an eclectic and emotive mix of
poly-stylistic music where carefully selected pop music idioms
add currency to contemporary classical music forms, all steeped
in the good old tradition of fine craftsmanship'.
In 2010 the Silesian Philharmonic Orchestra premiered his Valse Triste at the International Festival of Film Music in Łódź, Poland. In 2011 his wind quintet Viracocha received 2nd prize at an international competition in Italy and another wind quintet Armadillo was premiered at the Tyalgum Festival of Classical Music. In 2012 his An Australian Backyard Suite won 2nd prize at the Franz Schubert Composition Competition in Vienna, Austria. The following year the same work was selected for performance in USA. Still in 2013, Paul Kopetz's Mythical Creatures for voices, wind quintet and piano was premiered at the Tyalgum Festival of Classical Music and the following year received awards in USA.
In 2014 his Bunyip for
solo bass clarinet was given its world premiere by Dutch bass
clarinettist Henri Bok at an international festival in Beijing,
China. In 2015 his works for choir, string ensembles, and wind
ensembles were selected for performance at festivals in
Singapore, Ukraine, USA and the Netherlands. In 2016 Paul
Kopetz's Adagio For The Fallen, composed in response to
the tragedy of the Paris bombings, received its world premiere by
the Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra. Also in 2016 the world premiere
of his Night On Karragarra, as performed by Camerata of
St John's, received critical acclaim while his chamber music made
its debut in New York.
Paul Kopetz enjoys a close association with Musica Viva Australia as one of the composers-in-the-classroom and through the school show Tree Tales, which is based on his An Australian Backyard Suite.
Kopetz is a keen sports fan with speedway, soccer, AFL and cricket as his favourites. He relaxes by going fishing, travelling, solving crossword puzzles in his native language Polish, and engaging with nature.
Paul Kopetz — current to November 2016